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    ICT Minister, South Sinai Governor Open Eleventh Arab Robotics Championship

    Sharm El-Sheikh, 24 March 2018

    The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yasser ElKady and the Governor of South Sinai Khaled Fouda have inaugurated the eleventh Arab Robotics Championship— one of the most powerful competitions held in the Arab world in the field of robotics—hosted by Egypt in Sharm ElSheikh, on March 23-26. With the participation of 144 teams from 11 countries, the competition is organized by the Arab Robotics Association, Techno Future and Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).
    The competition entails a number of technological events with 800 participants. Seven robot competitions— covering the age range of six years till university students— are organized with various technological techniques to encourage participants to pay due consideration to technology, math, science and engineering and create a distinguished generation capable of creativity, innovation and excellence in the fields of technology sciences. The winners will qualify for the world championship held in the United States.
    ElKady highlighted, during his speech, the significance of disseminating the robot culture in the Arab world in light of the expansion in the fields of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots to reach all aspects of daily life. He hailed the importance of the event in displaying the creative energies of young people interested in technology and exchanging experiences among the teams from different Arab countries. He called on participants in the competition to maintain the spirit of challenge and innovation.

    The ICT Minister added that Egypt possesses a keen and experienced youth capable of building the country, underscoring that Egypt supports creation and technological innovation. The Next Technology Leaders (NTL) presidential initiative was launched for enhancing young people's capabilities, where the second phase involves the implementation of "Future Programmers" program to train school students on the latest technologies and programming fundamentals, in cooperation with MCIT and the Ministry of Education and Technical Education (MOETE) to form a key base of qualified young people to build a strong robot industry.

    ElKady showcased the projects that are implemented to support technological innovation through cooperation with major international companies and institutions to provide training and develop the human element, establish laboratories of excellence in Egypt and spread creativity centers nationwide, thus creating a supportive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. This is in addition to encouraging innovators, incubating and supporting promising startups and disseminating technological innovation clusters in Egyptian universities.

    He added that the ICT sector is full of success stories for promising young people who have reached important positions in international companies, and established companies that have been able to expand in foreign markets, where other companies joined Silicon Valley incubators in the United States. He pointed out that the Information Technology Institute (ITI) is currently organizing RoboCup Junior Egypt 2018, for students starting from the age of six years, with the participation of 850 students nationwide.

    The opening ceremony of the Arab Robotics Championship was attended by the President of the Arab Robotics Association Ismail Hassan Yassin, Chairman of Techno Future and President of eleventh Arab Robotics Championship Ayman El Qabbani, and the Director of the Planetarium Science Center (PSC) at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the head of the arbitration committee Ayman El Sayed.
    Yassin presented the shield of the Arab Robotics Association to the ICT Minister and El Qabbani also presented him with the shield of the eleventh Arab Robotics Championship, in recognition of his efforts in supporting creativity and technological innovation among young people.
    Yassin also presented the shield of the Arab Robotics Association to Khaled Fouda and El Qabbani presented him with the shield of the eleventh Arab Robotics Championship, in recognition of his efforts in supporting the Championship in its current session.

    Egypt hosts the Arab Robotics Championship, for the second, since it was hosted previously in 2013 in Alexandria.

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